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Street dance to kick off Flip Flop Fest

Aug. 16, 2014 at 5:42 p.m.

Bayfront Veteran's Memorial Benefit

• Festival proceeds will benefit the memorial, which will be constructed in a secluded area of Bayfront Peninsula Park.

• The memorial will honor all military veterans - past, present and future.

• Bricks engraved with a veteran's name will be available for purchase at the festival.

• Construction of the memorial is planned to begin in September.

• The Veteran's Council along with members of the Port Lavaca VFW, GI Forum and American Legion will work at the festival.

If You Go

• WHAT: Flip Flop Festival, featuring a full day of live music with headliner Bart Crow

WHEN: Street dance, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 29; festival, 10 a.m.-midnight Aug. 30

WHERE: Bayfront Peninsula, Port Lavaca

WHY: Proceeds benefit the Bayfront Veteran's Memorial

Dancers who typically scoot their boots around dance floors in country halls can flip and flop around Bayfront Peninsula on Labor Day weekend.

The sixth annual Flip Flop Festival in Port Lavaca kicks off Aug. 29 with a street dance to music by Night Moves.

Gates to the free festival open on the peninsula at 10 a.m. Aug. 30.

Live music is planned all day with Bart Crow topping the bill. Other entertainers include The Scott Taylor Band, Riptide, Kayla Ray and Tipjar Romeo.

A barbecue cook-off sanctioned by the International Barbeque Cookers Association is a big draw, with 60 teams and a $10,000 guaranteed payout.

Fred Mallett, a Port Aransas sand sculptor, is scheduled to carve and mold several tons of sand into a sculpture. Last year, he created a fantastical underwater sand castle scene.

Other activities include the fling-flong contest in which competitors kick their flip-flops into the air to see whose fling the farthest and horseshoe and washer tournaments.

A kids' zone offers rides and games arranged around the new splash pad and pirate's ship playground. A sand-sculpting contest and babysuit pageant for children, walking age to 4, also entertain youngsters.

Unique shopping opportunities include metal art and woodworking from local artists, homemade arts and crafts, jewelry and candles from Origami Owl and Pink Zebra, popular social selling businesses.

Cold beer always flows freely, and Braman Winery's Wine on Wheels serves frozen, fruity concoctions. Carnival fare also fuels festivalgoers.

For the first time, the city of Port Lavaca is partnering with the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce to coordinate the event.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Veteran's Memorial on Bayfront Peninsula.



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